Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
+31 (0)222 36 9535
  • Ecology
  • Animal behaviour
  • Migration
  • Shorebirds
  • Population dynamics

Dr. Roeland Bom


Research interests

I am a postdoctoral researcher with a prime interest in how marine organisms coope with a rapidly changing world. In my recent work I study the migratory routine of Bar-tailed Godwits wintering in West Africa and Oman. 







Please find my complete list of NIOZ-publications at the bottom of this webpage. You can download all my publications on ResearchGate.


Professional education



Awards and Prizes



Bar-tailed godwits

Linked news

Monday 07 November 2022
Spectacular skate returns to North Sea
The skate is a ray that can easily reach a meter in length, up to almost three meters from head to tail. This spectacular fish is returning to the North Sea. An analysis of historical data, by NIOZ researchers Anieke van Leeuwen and Roeland Bom,…
Monday 18 October 2021
New subspecies of bar-tailed godwit officially recognized
As of today there are no longer just five subspecies of bar-tailed godwits, but six. In the latest issue of the ornithological journal Ibis, a new subspecies is described by an international team of biologists. “Limosa lapponica yamalensis has a…
Tuesday 29 June 2021
During epic migrations, great snipes fly at surprising heights by day and lower by night
Don't let the great snipe's pudginess fool you. A stocky marsh bird with a 20-inch wingspan, great snipes are also speedy marathoners that can migrate from Sweden to Central Africa in just three days, without even stopping to eat, drink, or sleep.…
Thursday 08 October 2020
Crabs are key to ecology and economy in Oman
The intertidal mudflats of Barr Al Hikman, a nature reserve at the south-east coast of the Sultanate Oman, are crucial nursery grounds for numerous crab species. In return, these crabs are a vital element of the ecology, as well as the regional…
Friday 19 June 2020
The North Sea’s forgotten angels
The presence of Angelsharks in the North Sea has faded from our memory. In a recent publication in Marine Biology, WWF nature conservationists and NIOZ researchers urge that we put top predators from earlier centuries back into the ‘baseline’ picture…
Tuesday 17 December 2019
Catching birds at the Bijagós Archipelo in Guinea-Bissau
This story describes the first of several bird catches made by researchers from the NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Roeland Bom) and the University of Aveiro (José Alves and Afonso Rocha) in the Bijagós Archipelago between 11 and 28…
Monday 08 October 2018
Wapenwedloop in 'oerwadden' in Midden-Oosten
In het Sultanaat Oman, aan de zuidoostkust van het Arabische Schiereiland, is door het Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee (NIOZ) voor het eerst een uitgebreide fauna-inventarisatie gemaakt. De Nederlandse bioloog Roeland Bom deed…
Wednesday 09 March 2016
Bar-tailed Godwits in the Middle East can be followed via internet
In November 2015 a group of NIOZ researchers travelled to the Middle East. Together with biologists from the Sultan Qaboos University, they attached radio transmitters on ten female Bar-tailed Godwits in the intertidal area Barr Al Hikman in the…

NIOZ publications

  • 2022
    Bom, R.A.; Conklin, J.R.; Verkuil, Y.I.; Alves, J.A.; de Fouw, J.; Dekinga, A.; Hassell, C.J.; Klaassen, R.H.G.; Kwarteng, A.Y.; Rakhimberdiev, E.; Rocha, A.; ten Horn, J.; Tibbitts, T.L.; Tomkovich, P.S.; Victor, R.; Piersma, T. (2022). Central‐West Siberian‐breeding Bar‐tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica) segregate in two morphologically distinct flyway populations. Ibis 164(2): 468-485.
    Bom, R.A.; Ebbinge, M. (2022). Simple and complex burrow morphology in two Macrophthalmus species on the intertidal mudflats of Barr Al Hikman, Sultanate of Oman. J. Nat. Hist. 56(5-8): 475-485.
    van der Kolk, Henk-Jan; Desmet, Peter; Oosterbeek, Kees; Allen, Andrew M.; Baptist, Martin J.; Bom, Roeland A.; Davidson, Sarah C.; de Jong, Jan; de Kroon, Hans; Dijkstra, Bert; Dillerop, Rinus; Dokter, Adriaan M.; Frauendorf, Magali; Milotić, Tanja; Rakhimberdiev, Eldar; Shamoun-Baranes, Judy; Spanoghe, Geert; van de Pol, Martijn; Van Ryckegem, Gunther; Vanoverbeke, Joost; Jongejans, Eelke; Ens, Bruno J. (2022). GPS tracking data of Eurasian oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) from the Netherlands and Belgium. ZooKeys 1123: 31-45.
  • 2021
    Lindström, A.; Alerstam, T.; Andersson, A.; Bäckman, J.; Bahlenberg, P.; Bom, R.A.; Ekblom, R.; Klaassen, R.H.G.; Korniluk, M.; Sjöberg, S.; Weber, J.K.M. (2021). Extreme altitude changes between night and day during marathon flights of great snipes. Curr. Biol. 31(15): 3433-3439.
    van der Winden, J.; Hotting, M.; Weeda, S.; Vos, R.; Bom, R.; Kreetz, T.; Cimiotti, D.; Dreef, C. (2021). Lachstern broedt in het pionierlandschap van Marker Wadden. Limosa (Amst.) 94: 124-127
  • 2020
    Bom, R.A. (2020). Book review: Mudflat Ecology. Ardea 108(1): 109-110.
    Bom, R.A.; van de Water, M.; Camphuysen, C.J.; van der Veer, H.W.; van Leeuwen, A. (2020). The historical ecology and demise of the iconic Angelshark Squatina squatina in the southern North Sea. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 167(7): 91.
    Bom, R.A.; van Gils, J.A.; Molenaar, K.; Kwarteng, A.Y.; Victor, R.; Folmer, E.O. (2020). The intertidal mudflats of Barr Al Hikman, Sultanate of Oman, as feeding, reproduction and nursery grounds for brachyuran crabs. Hydrobiologia 847: 4295-4309.
  • 2019
    Bom, R.A.; van de Water, M.; Brader, A.; van der Veer, H.W.; van Leeuwen, A. (2019). The historical occurrence of the angelshark Squatina squatina and common skate Dipturus batis in Dutch coastal waters. NIOZ-rapport, 2019(1). NIOZ: Texel. 36 pp.
  • 2018
    Bom, R.A. (2018). Arabian muds: A 21st-century natural history on crab plovers, crabs and molluscs. PhD Thesis. University of Groningen: Groningen. ISBN 978-94-028-11803. 367 pp.
    Bom, R.A.; de Fouw, J; Klaassen, R.H.G.; Piersma, T.; Lavaleye, M.S.S.; Ens, B.J.; Oudman, T.; van Gils, J.A. (2018). Food web consequences of an evolutionary arms race: Molluscs subject to crab predation on intertidal mudflats in Oman are unavailable to shorebirds. J. Biogeogr. 45(2): 342-354.
    Bom, R.A.; Philippart, C.J.M.; van der Heide, T.; de Fouw, J; Camphuysen, C.J.; Dethmer, K.; Folmer, E.O.; Stocchi, P.; Stuut, J.-B.; van der Veer, H.W.; Al Zakwani, I. (2018). Barr Al Hikman: a pristine coastal ecosystem in the Sultanate of Oman: Current state of knowledge and future research challenges. NIOZ-rapport, 2018(1). NIOZ Royal Institute for Sea Research: Texel. 61 pp.
    Bom, R.A.; van Gils, J.A.; Oosterbeek, K.; Deuzeman, S.; de Fouw, J; Kwarteng, A.Y.; Kentie, R. (2018). Demography of a stable population of crab plovers wintering in Oman. J. Ornithol. 159(2): 517-525.
    Gommer, R.; Bom, R.A.; Fijen, T.P.M.; van Gils, J.A. (2018). Stomach fullness shapes prey choice decisions in crab plovers (Dromas ardeola). PLoS One 13(4): e0194824.
  • 2016
    de Fouw, J; Bom, R.A.; Klaassen, R.H.G.; Müskens, G.J. D. M.; de Vries, P.P.; Popov, I.Y.; Kokorev, Y.I.; Ebbinge, B.S.; Nolet, B.A. (2016). Breeding in a den of thieves: pros and cons of nesting close to egg predators. Ecosphere 7(6): e01353.
  • 2014
    Bom, R.A.; Abma, J.F.; Pieters, A.L. (2014). Doortrek van Bokjes in Laag Holland. Limosa (Amst.) 86: 209-216
    Bom, R.A.; Bouten, W.; Piersma, T.; Oosterbeek, K.; van Gils, J.A. (2014). Optimizing acceleration-based ethograms: the use of variable-time versus fixed-time segmentation. Movement Ecology 2(6): 1-8.
    Ens, B.J.; Bom, R.A.; Dokter, A.M.; Oosterbeek, K.; Jong, J.D.; Bouten, W. (2014). Nieuwe ontdekkingen en mogelijkheden in het onderzoek aan Scholeksters dankzij het UvA Bird Tracking Systeem. Limosa (Amst.) 87: 117-128
  • 2012
    Shamoun-Baranes, J.; Bom, R.; van Loon, E.E.; Ens, B.J.; Oosterbeek, K.; Bouten, W. (2012). From Sensor Data to Animal Behaviour: An Oystercatcher Example. PLoS One 7(5): e37997.

Linked projects

Cascading predator-prey effects
Jan van Gils
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Project duration
1 Oct 2010 - 30 Sep 2017